Boys track running strong

By Leanne Graves, Xavier Messer, Nick Titzer, Andrew Vornheder (Journalism 1 students)

With the high expectations for track season coming up, there are many challenges athletes have to overcome.

Coach Blaine Willams talked about losing some very good sprinters and throwers.

Will Riley runs during practice with his teammates. His goal is to make it to State this year. Last year, Riley made it to nationals. Andrew Vornheder photo

Coach Willams said, “You know we lose a couple guys that graduated last year in the throws that went to nationals for us like, Dylan Mahew and Brayden Gradner, but you look at the other side of that with with sophomore Will Riley making it to nationals as a freshman and having some returning guys that have really good careers for us now like John Gries and Sam Grimes and some of the new guys. I’m just looking forward to a strong season.”

Many runners and throwers have high hopes for the season.

Senior Bray’lin Cox said, “I think we are going to do great honestly, and we are putting in the hard work at practice. Time trials are going great. We are running the 200 and 400 today which I know is going to go good. Everyone is being supportive to each other, and we’re going to be good. I think track is going to push me to be a hard worker, and I’m going to compete with my other co-workers to get that higher place in the job.”

Throughout many challenges, athletes need to work harder than ever.

Junior Dalton Hockersmith said, “There’s a lot of work that I have to put in, I lost a lot from last season, but hopefully I will get back to it.”